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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:22 pm 
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Hi Everyone!

Am making some hard decisions. I need the time to make up my "retirement inventory" of Folk Flutes to sell into my 80s. In the meantime my hands are wearing out some and I want to save them for music making and some instrument making. Thus I am beginning a process of incremental retirement. After Jan 1, 2018 I will no longer be taking orders for flutes with keys, as well as key retrofits on my existing flutes. This would be with my hand forged keys which I charge at $450 per key.

I will be looking into cast key work perhaps. But don't hold your breath as I have other things that are more useful to me to investigate for my core keyless flutes. Also I will probably make the occasional keyed flute - but fancy up these in all sorts of ways to explore techniques so these wouldn't be cheap. And you won't be able to order them.

It won't make that big of a change - but enough for me. I will probably stop taking orders for all flutes except Folk Flutes when I turn 65 in late 2020, or whenever this retirement inventory is finished. I will still have Folk Flutes to sell for long after that - though with fewer customization options (I offer that on a few of these).

Enjoy the rest of the Summer. And if you are in Houston, I hope you are safely ensconced!!!

Casey

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Gosh Casey, those are some really difficult decisions. I certainly can appreciate your situation, you have been such a great craftsman of fine instruments. Unfortunately, all great things must come to an end. For the foreseeable future, do you feel as though you will be able to make repairs to existing keyed flutes, in the event that something happens and requires repair, heaven forbid? Thanks, Don.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:48 am 
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Certainly. Its just the manufacture and fitting of new keys that I am ending. Arthritis in my hands is the cause.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:56 am 
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Casey Burns wrote:
Certainly. Its just the manufacture and fitting of new keys that I am ending. Arthritis in my hands is the cause.

Casey



I can feel the stirrings of that in my own hands--not uncommon for artisans who have to work everyday with the ol' digits. I think your idea of stockpiling some flutes for retirement is a damn good idea--one that I've considered in the abstract but haven't actually put into practice yet. It wouldn't be too difficult to sock away a few extra flutes each month for the proverbial rainy day.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:06 pm 
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I can fully sympathize with you and your hand problems. I was a medium voltage (480-25KV) splicer and the work took its toll on me as well but my problem was tendonitis in my wrists. I could have worked more but it would have impacted greatly what I wanted to do my retirement, play music. I am glad you have an exit strategy!


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